NATO: what is it, why does it still exist, and how does it work? Learn the basics about the Alliance in this animation.
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Every day, NATO Allies work and train together to keep our citizens safe. Through partnership and cooperation, NATO has secured peace and freedom for nearly 70 years.
Member Countries: NATO is a political-military alliance of 29 countries in Europe and North America. All Allies share fundamental values: individual liberty, democracy, and the rule of law.
Purpose: NATO safeguards the freedom and security of its member countries through diplomatic and military means. The Alliance also works to tackle threats including terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and cyber-attacks.
Solidarity: NATO members protect each other. The collective defence clause of NATO’s founding treaty means that an attack against one Ally is considered to be an attack against all Allies.
Accountability: Member countries contribute to the cost of running NATO and implementing its policies and activities. The organisation is accountable to its member governments and their taxpayers.
This playlist groups all videos from the animation series "NATO: what, why, how?" explaining the basics about NATO. Please note that for the moment, only the English and French versions at the top of this playlist are up-to-date. We are currently working on updating other language versions.
NATO and its Partners are taking concerted action to support implemention of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which was adopted in October 2000. This resolution recognizes the disproportionate impact that war and conflicts have on women and children, and highlights the fact that women have been historically left out of peace processes and stabilization efforts. It calls for full and equal participation of women at all levels in issues ranging from early conflict prevention to post-conflict reconstruction, peace and security.